Tall Forward


Luke Lloyd

height: 193cm

weight: 84kg

D.O.B: 08-08-2005

Leagues: Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “Very much a link up centre half-forward, Luke Lloyd consistently works up the ground to act as a release option for his teammates, but is just as damaging when playing closer to goal.”

After a delayed start to the season due to injury, Luke Lloyd was quick to make up for lost time when he finally made it into the Sandringham Dragons side in Round 7. He started out with a bang, booting three goals and clunking five marks in a loss to Murray Bushrangers.

That form carried on to the end of the season, as Lloyd registered multiple scoring shots in all 11 of his Coates Talent League appearances. In the end, he would also be part of the Dragons’ premiership team and earned a National Draft Combine invite despite missing out on Vic Metro honours.

Lloyd was still given an opportunity to show his wares at a higher level, turning out for Frankston in the VFL in Rounds 18 and 19, taking eight marks across two games as a tall forward. Though, arguably the forward’s most fabled feat this year was his 19-goal game for school side De La Salle.



+ Footy IQ
+ Forward craft
+ Leading patterns
+ Marking
+ Scoreboard impact


- Ground balls
- Speed

One of the most appealing factors when looking at Lloyd's footballing profile is his ability to impact heavily as both a link up half-forward, or as a target when playing closer to goal. In either role, the way he utilises his skill set so damagingly but differently is impressive.

As a link up option further afield, Lloyd’s consistent movement forward of the ball makes him difficult for an individual opponent to track and shut down, able to get free in space purely through work rate and footy IQ to be an option for his teammates coming out of the defensive half.

When kicked to, he holds his marks well even when an opponent makes heavy contact. Lloyd’s ball use heading forward from further up the field is pretty handy as well, particularly effective with his weighting of disposals to ensure teammates don’t have to break stride to meet the ball in the air.

When positioned closer to goal, Lloyd is still generally moving around to be in best position to lead for the ball, using his forward craft and footy IQ to lead to the right spots at the right time, compensating for his lack of acceleration off the mark.

Lloyd has been a regular scorer throughout the season, and generally converts well in front of goal, registering at least two scoring shots in all 11 of his Talent League appearances in 2023. He went goalless in only two games, in comparison to his four perfect games in front of the sticks - accuracy wise.

Lloyd’s size for the role he plays currently may be a query for clubs heading into November, with 193cm not quite true key position height at the next level. This will mean he’ll be looking to improve some areas of his game that aren’t always a priority for key position players, like his ground level game, particularly under pressure or in the contest.



A rarity in the modern pathway system, Lloyd did enough to capture the attention of recruiters despite not playing in the Under 18 National Championships. Instead, he made the most of his time with Sandringham, dominated school football, and even earned a senior berth in the VFL. His ability as a versatile marking forward is clear, and has been enough to put him firmly in the draft frame – most likely after the second round or as a rookie.

Footy IQ
Forward craft
Scoreboard impact
Ground balls

Coates Talent League Boys

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